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The element of citizenship and the current political climate in Israel
By Dr Lauren Banko, Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.   The peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators that started in the summer of 2013 under the auspices of US Secretary of State John … Continue reading

Nationalism in Russia and Europe: Workshop Summary
By Ben Ryan, researcher for the religion and society think tank Theos.   A few weeks ago it is probably fair to say that the point of a workshop on Russian and East European nationalisms and identities would probably have … Continue reading

Venezuela: The Failure of the Fifth Republic
Professor Maxwell A. Cameron, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia.   The turmoil that has rocked Venezuela since early February has resulted in almost 30 deaths, hundreds of injuries, and 1,500 detentions … Continue reading

2014 LSE Africa Summit: A Call Home
In the first of a series of posts on African entrepreneurship in the lead-up to the inaugural LSE Africa Summit, LSE’s Preston Ideh details how the organisers of the Africa Summit are embracing their role as entrepreneurs. African entrepreneurship is … Continue reading

The EU’s new economic governance is blurring the boundaries between European competences and domestic sovereignty
As part of the LSE EUROPP series on the Dahrendorf Symposium.   The financial crisis has brought about a number of new European initiatives designed to coordinate national economic policies in the name of stability and growth. Alexander Ruser assesses … Continue reading

‘A Strategy for Southern Europe’: Lisbon Launch
By Dr Rui Lopes, Associate at LSE IDEAS and researcher at Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC). The Portuguese launch of the LSE IDEAS Special Report ‘A Strategy for Southern Europe’ – released by the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme at … Continue reading

Egypt: Towards an Algerian Scenario
By Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck, research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center.   It is hard to watch the events unfolding in Egypt today without drawing a parallel with the Algerian situation in 1990. The images of demonstrations and clashes between … Continue reading

Syria: At Geneva II, Something to Fight For
By Ivonne Lockhart Smith, International Policy Analyst at a law firm in London.   On 22 January ‘Geneva II’ talks between the Assad regime and the opposition will commence in Montreux, Switzerland, with Western stakeholders hoping that they will lead … Continue reading

China’s Potential Mediation Role in the South Sudan Conflict
By Laura Barber, PhD Candidate in International Relations at the LSE.   Talks are still ongoing to reach a ceasefire in South Sudan, where nearly 10,000 are estimated to have been killed since the eruption of fighting between President Salva … Continue reading

Countries willing to act should address climate change through market-based solutions now – other countries will follow
As part of the LSE EUROPP series on the Dahrendorf Symposium.   What solutions should be used to tackle climate change? Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker writes that it is time to consider a market-based approach which makes polluting energy more … Continue reading


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